In March 2012 Jeff Thomason (the superb comic artist behind the Jak Phoenix Universe illustrations) decided to create this stellar graphic depicting his character, Wandering Koala, and good old Jak Phoenix himself in a ‘what-if’ situation. Like everything he has drawn for the Jak Phoenix Universe this one is a wonderful piece of art. Jeff’s drawings took Jak Phoenix off the page and really brought him to life. His article here explains some of the technical details behind the work and is entitled ‘Teamwork in Fiction,” which perfectly outlines the relationship he and I formed through our indie publishing adventures. Thanks again, Jeff!
Matt D. Williams
Author of the Jak Phoenix Adventures
Be sure to check Jeff’s original article here: http://atouchofjeff.blogspot.ca/2012/03/teamwork-in-fiction.html
Jeff Thomason stopped by Jak Phoenix author Matt D. Williams’ website with a great guest post! The author and artist discusses the illustrated story and how he is making it work for him. Check out this snippet and then head to mattdwilliamsonline.com for the full article!
Using Words and Pictures to Tell a Story
Words can be spoken, written, or read. The auditory section of your brain does the processing and interpreting, even if you read black text on a white page. Using words is telling a story (despite what your English teacher said about showing and not telling). There are many advantages to using words and telling including clarity (say exactly what you mean) and economy (cover large periods of time quickly).
Stories can also be told with pictures. The visual part of the brain does the interpreting here. Pictures have the advantage of showing what is happening, whether it is an action or emotion. They also save time by showing a scene and avoiding a lengthy description. The disadvantage is everyone sees something different in an image, so this approach lacks the clarity of words. And the economy—you can’t move as quickly through time nor as effectively with just visuals…
Matt Williams, author of the space adventure novel ‘Jak Phoenix’ has a post tonight about author and artist, Jeff Thomason.
I’m doing something a little bit different again. I saw some of Jeff Thomason’s artwork last month and I really took a liking to many of his images. This is my favorite – I love the color:
Since his work is in visuals, I emailed Jeff and asked him to send me a few of his favorite works so I could share them with you. Here’s what he said:
Hi Matt. Here are some of my favorite works…
I’m a huge fan of Victorian children’s book illustration and early Twentieth Century pulp magazines, golden age comic books, and illustrated novels. I try to emulate a lot of that style.
I like to create the line work with traditional media then finish the illustrations in color in the computer. Painter X is my favorite program for this.
Jeff maintains many websites showcasing his work.
Also, check out his author profile on Smashwords.com where he has many stories available.